ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

The “Ranger” is the latest addition to ASUS’ Maximus series enthusiasts motherboard, the “Ranger” happens to be the lowest among them but being lowest doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch!

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

The NorthBridge cooler is large but not obtrusive, basically it looks good and works well and doesn’t pose as a hindrance even to large heatsinks.

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Here’s what it looks like with a large heatsink – the DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

I love the placement of buttons around the DIMM corner, it’s definitely better than placing it at the other corner where it could be blocked by GPUs and such. The POWER button is huge while the RESET button is much smaller in comparison, placed just next to the POWER button. The Ranger also comes with Debug LED, a much welcome feature to enthusiasts board as such.

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

The board comes with 6x forward-facing SATA 3 ports and just behind them is the ROG themed SouthBridge cooler.

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

At the far end of the board lies the SoundStage button and the Clear CMOS button – I think this is not a good placement, you wouldn’t want to accidentally clear CMOS while adjusting SoundStage profile, and it’s rather inconvenient to have the SoundStage button at that position as well. I can’t imagine having to open the casing each time I wanted to change a profile, and if I were to run multiple GPU then the accessibility would be reduced even further. Not good.

ASUS Maximus VII Ranger Z97 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

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